Admissions Policy Procedure and Guidelines
Written by Head of Admissions and Discharge
To ensure that:
- Patients are admitted to Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals for appropriate clinical reasons. Patients should not be admitted due to lack of social support.
- There is minimum disruption to planned elective admissions whilst responding positively to emergency admission requirements.
- Patients are provided with the bed placement that is most appropriate to their medical need and which takes into account any additional special needs throughout their inpatient stay.
- If a patient's medical needs change, the decision to alter the patient's bed location will take account of:
- the time that the patient would spend in an alternative speciality
- the ability of an alternative speciality to respond to the patients care needs, (if it is only a temporary placement)
- the overall on-costs to patients and carers of any move.
If a move occurs, continuity of care needs to be maintained and effective communication of treatment/care protocols are a priority.
- When patient's specific conditions have been assessed/stabilised/treated and there remains no medical need for the patient to remain in hospital the patient should be moved to a more appropriate environment without delay.
- All staff utilise the Capacity Management system.
- A "Real Time" Capacity Management system is operating.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 14:23